NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday ruled out releasing the video footage of the Army’s surgical strikes across the LoC and questioned the “loyalty” of those who “doubt” the forces.
Describing the cross-LoC operation as “100 per cent perfect surgical strike”, he said the borders of the country were secure under the Narendra Modi government.
Parrikar’s remarks at a function organised by the BJP in Agra to celebrate the strikes came a day after Prime Minister Modi reportedly cautioned against creating a hysteria over the Army action at a meeting of the Cabinet. He warned that one had to remain vigilant against “certain elements who do not owe their loyalty to the country completely”. “No one had doubted bravery of our forces ever, but for the first time recently some people are doubting,” he said, maintaining that he would not like to take names.
Referring to a news report by a TV channel in which a Pakistani police officer has purportedly admitted that surgical strikes did happen, Parrikar said, “There is now no more reason to release video or to give any proof.”
Asserting that the operation was 100 per cent successful, he said there was no casualty on the Indian side in the attack and doubted whether even bigger countries had such a success in their surgical strikes. Parrikar also said the forces and citizens would have to be vigilant against “frustrated” terrorists who would try to launch attacks because of the “shame” they have been put to as a result of the surgical strikes.
At the briefing of the Ministry of External Affairs, its spokesperson Vikas Swarup brushed aside demands for release of the video footage, which the Army was said to have submitted to the government. “What the government puts out or not is determined solely by national security and will continue to be so. I have nothing more to say,” he said.
Swarup added that it was usual to see Pakistan’s reaction of denial of terrorism sponsored from its soil against its neighbours.
“The elimination of Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mansoor was met with similar denials. But we all know the truth,” he said.
Swarup said the counter-terrorism operation on September 29 (surgical strike) was to neutralise an imminent threat of terrorists ready to be launched from across the LoC.The Army was given a task which it carried out with surgical precision. The desired result has been obtained. The intended message has been conveyed, he said.